Writer: Michelle Mason
The NMSU College of Engineering is gearing up this semester with new faculty and valuable experience; hiring three new assistant professors and an associate professor. The college welcomed Alla Kammerdiner, Jun Won Kang, Amit Sanyal, Fangjun Shu and Lambis Papelis.
The mechanical and aerospace engineering department has hired two assistant professors, Amit Sanyal and Fangjun Shu.
Sanyal was an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Sanyal’s research interests include orbital mechanics, control and estimation, nonlinear control, and distributed control of unmanned vehicle and spacecraft and their formations.
Shu was a research scientist at George Washington University, conducting research on issues associated with the insertion of stent to expand artery stenosis. Shu also conducted postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh where his main focus was on experimental investigations of flow characteristics in blood wetted medical devices.
Alla Kammerdiner joined the industrial engineering faculty as assistant professor. Previously, Kammerdiner was a visiting assistant professor at Arizona State University, focusing in data mining in healthcare, economic analysis for engineers, as well as information systems.
Jun Won Kang joined the faculty as assistant professor of civil engineering. Before joining the department, Kang was a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, performing research that involved wave propagation and inverse problems in engineering, structural damage identification, finite elements and boundary elements in applied mechanics, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics.
Lambis Papelis joined the civil engineering department this past spring as an associate professor. Previously, Papelis was an associate research professor for the Desert Research Institution, in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his research focused on contaminant transport, hydrogeological controls on availability and quality of water, and integrated watershed systems.